8 Utterly Boring Openings That Spoiled Great Movies

“We’ll get to the actual film in a moment. In the meantime, please watch this boring opener. Your patience is appreciated.”

Alex Leadbeater

Editorial Team

New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

From my experience bad films come in two varieties; the ones that are bad from start to finish and the ones that before turning bad give you a glimmer of hope.

The former is a remarkably predictable beast, a category normally only populated by films destined for one star from conception. Even the biggest hack of a director knows that you have to start strongly; what’s the point in trying in last hundred minutes the if you’ve lost the audience after ten? To this end, most filmmakers put a lot of effort into making those opening minutes the best they can be. Voiceovers, styled opening logos, sudden bursts of action; anything to get the viewers interest piqued.

This is such accepted wisdom (well, it does make sense, doesn’t it?) that rarely does a film that starts iffy actually end up any good, let alone engaging you.

Obviously this couldn’t always work, but you can’t knock a director for trying. Unless you write for a film website, in which case you can. Today I bring you eight such films. By all reckoning they are damn fine movies (yes, even number four), but somehow ended up with a shocking opening that had us tempted to up and leave.